Softball Wins 2 of 3 Games at Ray Chandler Memorial
Oct. 13, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State sophomore Emily Weiman allowed only three hits while pitching a pair of complete-game shutouts, as the Wolfpack softball team won two of its three games on Saturday in the Ray Chandler Memorial Softball Tournament at Raleigh's Walnut Creek.
Weiman allowed only one hit in the Pack's opener, a 10-0 win over UNC Greensboro Saturday morning. She received plenty of support from her offense, as the Wolfpack hit four home runs in the game.
In the evening game, Weiman came back to pitch a two-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Methodist. Sommer added two more hits and junior Chelsea Tate hit the team's only home run.
"I thought Emily did pretty well," first-year coach Shawn Rychcik said. "She has been sick this week and missed a couple of days of practice. For her to only give up three hits in two games, I thought that said a lot about her command and control.
"She kept people in check pretty good. She is really in charge right now. It's good to see for us."
In between the two wins, the Wolfpack lost a hard-fought decision to ACC rival North Carolina. Freshman Chelsea Stanfield went toe-to-toe with the Tar Heels' top pitcher, Lori Spingola, who recorded 12 strikeouts in the contest.
Stanfield held her own, though, allowing a home run to Dickey and giving up an RBI single to Tracy Chandless for the go-ahead run.
In all, it was a positive outcome for Rychcik, who enters his first season in February with only one pitcher with college experience.
"We left 10 or 12 runners on base in the game, but that means we had a lot of chances," Rychcik said. "We had the winning run at the plate in the seventh inning, but couldn't push the run across. I'm not too worried about that right now, but I am pleased that we were in that position.
"We had opportunities all over the place."
Stanfield pitched five innings in the Wolfpack's other exhibition games, back on Sept. 23, picking up the win in an 8-2 decision over Longwood. Saturday's lineup for the Tar Heels was more potent.
"Chelsea really did a good job and I was very pleased," Rychcik said. "There are some pitches she would like to have back, like the hit that got Carolina the lead. I would like to think we could defend that a little differently.
"But it's the fall and we are still learning about how we want to do things."
Rychcik and his team have made progress since the beginning of fall drills, a little more than a month ago.
"Today was good for our program to see how far we have come from when we started," the coach said. "We got some confidence that we can play with a team that might be ranked at the beginning of the year.
"To come out and compete the way we did is encouraging."
Sophomore Sara Lippard drove in the Pack's only run against North Carolina, and added two more hits on the day.
The Pack opened its fall schedule by sweeping a doubleheader against Longwood at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Stadium on Sept. 23, winning 5-0 and 8-2. Weiman also had a complete-game shutout in the first game and picked up the save in the second contest.
The Wolfpack will play two more contests on Sunday at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh, facing Elon at 10 a.m. and UNC Pembroke at 12:30 p.m. Both contests are scheduled for Field 1.
The Wolfpack opens the 2013 season on Feb. 8 when it faces Georgetown in the FIU Panther Invitational.
Ray Chandler Memorial Softball Tournament schedule of games
Directions to Walnut Creek